Lager Town | Half Acre Beer Company

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Lager TownLager Town

Brewed by:
Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
An Octoberfest that lives in the malty bosom of Munich's storied tradition. Take a drive through Lager Town.

Added by GbVDave on 10-29-2011

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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 109
Photo of emerge077
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep saturated copper amber color, sheets of lace in the glass, lasting coverage on the surface that has a creamy texture. Bright clarity with rising trails of visible carbonation.

Clean mild hop aroma, some general yeastiness, the toasted malt character is missing however.

Smooth feel, lightly malty, earthy and toasty grain husks, light bitterness that lingers in the finish. Dry and not sweet, clean and more bitter than most traditional Oktoberfests. Nuanced hop character, not overt, though the bitterness seems to define it. Overall very drinkable, enjoyable and subtle.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a tumbler at Firkin.

Stickin' by the Half Acre station at Solidarity to try out this "Novemberfest". It pours a clear brass-amber topped by a couple o' fingers of cream-white foam. The nose comprises caramel, wheat, light clove, and light brown sugar. The taste holds notes of bitter grass, light menthol, light caramel, mild biscuit, and miscellaneous greens. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slick-ish feel. Overall, an okay O-Fest (well, N-Fest, in this case, I guess...), but one that just seems a bit too bitter for its own good. The hops just don't meld very well the malty backbone at all.

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Photo of MasterSki
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler from Half Acre. Shared it at the Indiana Jones and the Temple of Boobs opening night after-party. Served in a Night of the Living Ales 2010 taster pint glass.

A - Two fingers of off-white foam settle to a thick collar and near-complete cap, leaving behind minimal lace. Body is a hazy unfiltered amber color.

S - Caramel, nuts, bread, toasted grains, a dollop of honey, and perhaps the faintest hint of noble hops. Smells like an Oktoberfest alright.

T - Honey cakes, toffee malts, fresh-baked buttered biscuits, and a clean, smooth lager finish with a hint of herbal hop bitterness that lingers on the palate and grows in intensity over time

M - Medium-bodied, pleasant moderate carbonation, toasty and somewhat dry texture, and no obvious alcohol. Light residual stickiness.

D - A very nice Oktoberfest - definitely the strongest among all the the local ones I've tried this year. It was a big hit at the party, which featured a lot of novice craft beer types. I had a few glasses throughout the evening, and then killed the last pour the following afternoon.

I was hoping Half Acre would bring back Zucker Esel Pils, but I was very satisfied with this offering. Hopefully with the additional space they can produce a few more lagers in the future.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a dimple mug)
A- This beer pours a slight garnet hue to a clear slightly dense brown body and a thin beige head that soon breaks up. There is a sea of tiny bubbles racing to the surface.

S- The dry toasted malt note is soft but has a nice flinty mineral finish to it.

T- The dry toasted biscuit malt grows into more of a straight biscuit malt flavor as it opens with Noble hop note in the finish. There is a roasted malt bitterness and toast note that lingers in the aftertaste.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a watery texture that leads to a scrubbing fizz in the finish.

O- This beer has a nice aroma and good malt flavor but the bitterness and big fizz grow a bit to much and are enhanced by the dryness in the finish.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle received via Growling at the Moon. Thanks for the brew, Gonzo Illini!

Poured into a Half Acre glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the slightly cloudy orangey amber brew. Head holds on well, with lasting lace. Aroma is malty yet citrusy as well.

Taste starts with nutty malt sweetness, citrus and pine in the middle, and comes home with a balnced bitterness. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, and drinkability is great. Good brew.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours the color of maple syrup with a loose, off-white head. Nose expresses sour mash and caramel malts. Taste follow nose - it comes off a bit bland. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a mild carbonation. Overall, a solid example of the style; however, after having had the oak-aged version in the taproom (4.25), I was really let down by this one.

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Photo of Florida9
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Slightly cloudy dark amber in color. Forms a thin off-white head that slowly reduces down to a very thin, somewhat patchy surface coating. Leaves some light lacing.

S: Rather aromatic. Primarily caramel malts with a light toffee sweetness. Toasted malts and a blend of light grassy and citrus hops.

T: Caramel malts. Light sweetness. Toffee, toasted malts and a flavor I can only describe as "lightly peanuty." Some light hops on the finish. Flavor is very smooth with a maltiness that comes and goes quite quickly.

M: On the lighter side of medium with pretty good carbonation. Very mild bitterness.

O: A good beer and a very smooth, clean representation of the style. Not nearly as malty as most O-fests. Very drinkable.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 64oz growler into two pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a lovely, unfiltered, deep amber color with two creamy fingers of off white head on top. Retention was fleeting with the foam quickly melting down to a thin collar that left no lace.

S: Whoa! Nice toasty biscuits drizzled with lemony hops.

T: Big flavors of toasted bread crusts, lemony hops, caramel malt, and bright fresh oak. Heather said it reminded her a little of Malt-O-Meal. Some subtle grapiness towards the finish.

M: Really quite full and spicy. Loads of sticky hops and dry toasted grains. Totally not what we were expecting.

O: A stupid good Lager. Perfect beer for a true Fall today!

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Photo of larryarms847
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a gorgeous fall leaf orange with great carbonation and fizzing bubbles.

Smokey, toasted malts met with an earthy gourdiness to it.

Roasted malts give this a nice smokiness, lager malts add some sweetness to the bitter smoke, and finishes with a clean but subtle hop bill.

Mouthfeel is bold and smokey, a nice brew to sip on while lounging on a patio with a blanket in the cool fall air.

Overall, an excellent take on the Oktoberfest/Marzen style from Half Acre. Pick it up if you can!

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Photo of FBarber
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear crisp amber color. Lots of bubbles course upwards in the beer. Thick frothy off-white head slowly dissipates down to a thin layer of frothy foam. Tons of sticky lacing left on the beer. Lovely looking beer.

Smell is rather subdued with a slight bready malt aroma and some grassy hops.

Taste follows the nose with notes of bready malts, quickly giving way to a strong hoppy flavor. Hoppy flavor is quite grassy and herbal. Lingering grassy bitterness is noted. Bitterness starts to take on a more piney character as the flavors become more familiar on the palette. For a marzen its not a good example of a traditional marzen. This is incredibly over hopped for the style, and the malts are far too subdued. Just on its own merits and not taking style into account its actually a good beer.

Feel is light and crisp. Pretty carbonated provides a noticeable tingle on the tongue. Smooth drinking beer.

Overall this is a poor example of a traditional marzen - way over hopped, but then again, I'd expect nothing less from Half Acre. That being said, its a good beer in its own right. Nice easy drinking amber ale.

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Photo of Fcolle2
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown and clear in color with a 1 finger off white head that has good retention.

Smell has notes of clean yeast and rich husky caramel malt that gives a nice malty forward scent in the nose. There's not much hop presence but the malt is the highlight.

Taste is great, some good bready yeast and rich malt are first in the taste. This is followed by some clean yeasty flavors and a slightly dry slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is good, medium body and crisp feel, leave this very drinkable. Dry finish gives it a nice added complexity.

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Photo of steveh
3.14/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Happened to find this just last week. Hadn't seen it previously and based on some of the reviews, it must have been released late for the season (duh, didn't read the description above -- funny that the lable in the picture reads "Novemberfest," but my bottle has Octoberfest in the same font and position -- but no underline flourish).

22 ounce brown bomber, no freshness date.

A -- Pours a clear, deep copper-amber with a very dense light tan head.

S -- Yeasty, bready nose with some light, spicy to piny hops back.

T -- Sort of nutty malt character up front with some roastiness and toffee. Spicy to citrus hops follow with a nut bread finish and spicy-piny aftertaste that starts to dominate as the beer goes down.

M -- Soft and smooth mouthfeel with a medium-heavy body and dry finish.

O -- Certainly drinkable and tasty, but hardly to-style for an Oktoberfest -- let alone a lager. Change the designation to an Amber Ale and this beer is right in the wheelhouse.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hope I'm rating the correct brew. This is Lagertown octoberfest as stated on the bottle. Burnt sienna orange color with a bright glow in the center as I enjoy this on an October 72 degree Sunday. Colors beginning to change on the trees giving this session added enjoyment. Aroma is biscuit, honey and malt. Flavour is a subdued malt. Not feeling like getting too fancy here but this is tasty. I will definitely get more.

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Photo of KDawg
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the half acre tap room. Pours a medium amber color with a nice head.

Balanced and good aromas of citrus, crackers, and cereal notes.

Medium body that is slightly lacking on the feel. It does make up for it with really good notes of grains, citrus, some bits of hops and cereals.

A very good lager. Not amazing, but very drinkable.

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Photo of Bartleby91
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a nice and solid traditional take on an oktoberfest.
The appearance is a really pretty amber color with a off white head that left some lacing. Pretty lively carbonation bubbling up the glass as well.
Aromas are typical for the style with a sweet malt breadiness being most prominent along with some earthy hop notes.
The tastes are sweet maltiness, breadiness and a subtle earthy zest that provides some nice balance.
The palate is medium with a lingering malt sweetness and some hop zest.
Overall this is a solid marzen that I could have a few of.

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Photo of vespahulb
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Upon pouring, a nice burnt caramel brown, the beer formed a beautiful eggshell head. In the nose, classic American oktoberfest with it's own unique edge. Bready rye, caramel aromas backed by an earthy crushed fall leaves scent that I was loving. In terms of hops, just a faint earthy citrus.

In the mouth, a really nice malt bill makes this beer hefty with flavors of rye bread, caramel, black tea and dry lemon. Light enough to cleanse your palate, but heavy enough to enjoy on a fall night.

Overall, I thought this was an excellent Oktoberfest offering, far better than most. I love that Half Acre went the traditional route, yet still managed to make a beer that stands on it's own, in terms of uniqueness. Reminded me of Wake of the Flood, but with Lager yeast. Super tasty.

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Lager Town from Half Acre Beer Company
3.83 out of 5 based on 109 ratings.
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